Keystone Media Awards – Professional

Keystone Media Awards – Professional


Harrisburg, PA


Teresa Shaak




The Keystone Media Awards – formerly called the Keystone Press Awards before merging with the PAPME Media Awards in 2020 – reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers and audiences, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities. Further, the Keystone Media Awards stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community.

Entries are currently being processed for judging.

The 2024 Keystone Media Awards will be presented during an awards luncheon on Thursday, October 17, 2024, at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Check back in late summer for registration details. 

The PNA Foundation will supply plaques to each first-place winner and certificates to each second place and honorable mention winner in attendance at the Professional Keystone Media Awards Luncheon on Oct. 17.  Certificates for non-attendees will be available for pick up at the conclusion of the presentation. Certificates not distributed at the event will be mailed to the news organization after the event.

Additional plaques or plaques for your certificates may be ordered anytime, directly through Present A Plaque.

IMPORTANT! Please ensure you provide a username/password in the Comments section for each entry that is behind a paywall or a password-protected area. The username/password must be valid and allow “subscriber only” access, if applicable, through the time of the awards presentation.

REMINDER! In the Headline/Title field of your entry(ies), use an entry title that will clearly identify your entry for the judges. Be specific by using a story’s headline or the first several words of the headline.  Do NOT use all caps, dates of the articles, category name or credit name(s) in this field! 

Many factors affect the accurate release of winners lists, including judging delays and entry issues.  When entering the contest, please closely read and follow the contest rules. The announcement of winners is often delayed by links that are no longer active or available to judges because of password requirements, improper naming of entries and incomplete entry information. These affect the judging as well as the compilation of the final results. Your attention to detail allows for quicker judging and processing…and the exciting announcement of awards!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Beginning in 2023, in order to accumulate points toward News Organization of the Year Awards, your company MUST ENTER BOTH the Keystone Media Awards AND the Advertising Contest. You must enter both contests in order to earn points and to demonstrate your outstanding efforts across all facets of your news company. Companies not entering both contests will not be considered for NOY honors. Don’t be left out when the News Organization of the Year Awards are determined!

Questions? Email the PNA Foundation or phone 717-703-3003.

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